Remember in one of the pics of my natural hair must-haves that included a spice I said I would talk more about? Well, believe it or not, there are hair benefits with the use of cayenne pepper. I love anything with hot sauce, so if I want to bring some heat to my scalp, I don’t mind at all. Every time I bring this up to my mom, she laughs and says, “OOOHHH NNNOOO.” She thinks it’s only going to burn her scalp right up. She probably fears for her eyes as well due to the 1st experience I told her I had with it by using it completely wrong. I was deep conditioning with some kind of conditioner one day and decided to pour some from my spice rack on top of the thinning area of my crown I noticed from excessisive use of a half-wig while I was transitioning. I got the idea from one of the natural websites I regularly frequent. I rubbed it in and it stained my fingers so much that I had to scrub them several times. Moving on, ALERT: Embarrassing moment coming up! Use extreme caution! Well, after the deep conditioning process finished, I hopped in the shower to rinse and this is where the stinging of the eyes and lips came in. So, as much as I like the heat, I haven’t tried that again. However, I still believe there is the possibility for potential growth from using cayenne pepper. I realized that next time, I think I’d better mix the ground spice into something till it’s fully dissolved, then rinse with my head under the bathtub spout with my head hanging over instead. No wonder my mom is scared. LOL.
According to several documents, cayenne pepper has a boatload of health benefits when used properly. Also known as the “Guinea Spice, cayenne pepper is a cultivar of Capsicum Annuum that can dilate blood vessels and speeds metabolism due to the ingredient, capsaicin” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cayenne_pepper). A cultivar is an organism and especially one of an agricultural or horticultural variety or strain originating and persistent under cultivation. The compound, capsaicin, is what gives the pepper its heat and “acts as a naturally potent stimulant to increase the activity of the body’s respiratory, digestive, and circulatory systems” (http://blackdoctor.org/426056/cayenne-pepper-for-hair-growth/2/. It “heats up” to give what the body needs to build the cell structure of capillaries, veins, and arteries and may even help with blood pressure and intestinal issues.
So, that tingling sensation you’ll experience on your scalp is the cayenne “heating up” or boosting blood flow from the root of the hair to the follicles. After all, most of us in the natural hair community use heat anyway to open the hair shaft while deep conditioning to allow better absorption, right? The minor heat or tingling from a spice shouldn’t be any different. Always consult your doctor if it’s a major concern for your type of hair and scalp, of course. Other than that, the promise of increased hair growth awaits! I’m not saying it’s a guarantee it’ll produce hair growth for anybody, but it’s worth a try to my body. Here is a recipe provided by BlackDoctor.org I think I can safely try without any stinging sensations in my eyes and on my lips:
4-6 fresh Cayenne Peppers
60 ml of olive oil
- Cut the peppers into tiny pieces.
- Mix in with the oil.
- Store in dark colored container in a cool, dark place for 10-15 days (sunlight will ruin the components of the mixture).
- Make sure to shake the bottle at least once a day.
- On the last day, strain the mixture and discard the remnants.
As with most of my oily mixes which contain some type of perishable or smelly substance, I’m going to use it as a prepoo-oil treatment before shampooing. Other great resources about cayenne peppers’ health benefits include School of Natural Healing by Dr. John R. Christopher, available @ Amazon.
See you soon,